Christmas

The Hand-carved Creche and Other Christmas Memories

By James Kilgo

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The author tells inspiring stories rich in tradition from his childhood days in Darlington, South Carolina.

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Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories

By Esmeralda Santiago

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Twenty-five heartwarming stories tell of deliverance from political oppression, a first Christmas in America, and memorable feasts. Includes recipes and songs from many traditions.

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Christmas in the Plains: Memories

By Jimmy Carter

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As the former president mingles his memories of famous events with those of longtime friendships, readers will get a glimpse of what is important to the man who has hardly ever missed a Christmas away from home. Also available on audio, read by the author.

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A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor

By Truman Capote

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These three works, considered by many to be the author's finest short stories, tell of childhood encounters with his estranged father, the school bully, and an eccentric old maid cousin. A Christmas Memory is also avaliable on video.

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A Child's Christmas in Wales

By Dylan Thomas

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A Welsh poet recalls the celebration of Christmas in Wales and the feelings it evoked in him as a child. Also available as a video and an audio book.

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Early Christmas

By Bobbie Kalman

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Topics covered: How Christmas has changed -- Christmas in the wilderness -- Christmas at a trading post -- The story of a settler's first Christmas -- The religious side of Christmas -- Christmas in an early town -- Christmas fun in a pioneer village -- Decorations before the Christmas tree -- Wreaths, garlands, mistletoe and kissing boughs -- Christmas - family time -- Parlour games, pantomimes, ghost stories --Christmas fun in the great outdoors -- Love and marriage, Christmas style -- Preparations for Christmas -- Christmas dinner - trapped or bought? -- A change for children - People start to treat children as children -- The changing faces of Santa Claus
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The Joy of Gingerbread

 What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by creating a festive — and edible — holiday decoration that has been a Christmas tradition for centuries: gingerbread!  

Making Holiday Gifts

Now's the  time to begin making special gifts for families and teachers. Get started by taking a day or two to skim through craft books at the library, or go online and find some ideas. In this article, we've gathered a few neat projects for beginners as well as book and Web site recommendations to help create a crafty Christmas.

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Williamsburg Christmas: The Story of Christmas Decoration in the Colonial Capital

By Libbey Hodges Oliver and Mary Miley Theobald

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Illustrates the beautiful Christmas displays crafted from natural materials that are so popular in colonial Williamsburg's Christmas celebrations.

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